Architects in Brighton

Shape Architecture is a Chartered RIBA practice working throughout Brighton, Hove and London.

We have been in practice for 18 years and undertake residential projects from the smallest extension to new builds.  With competitive fees we offer our clients a flexible service tailored to their needs.  Always providing creative solutions that transform a property.

If you would like to discuss a potential project please feel free to contact us at 01273 648 342 or 


  • See our new project page on bespoke furniture design in Shirley Drive in Hove.
  • Our roof terrace and rear extension project in Norfolk Road is progressing on site.  Click here to link to our project in Norfolk Road

About Shape Architecture Brighton

Our practice undertakes projects of all sizes big or small across the Residential Sector.  Each project is a response to the site, brief and budget and is underscored by our creative thinking and over 20 years of experience of designing sustainable buildings.

Our fees are a Fixed Lump Sum, and we are happy to be employed for any stage of our services that best suits the Client.

Residential Architecture

Shape Architecture carries out residential work throughout Brighton and Hove.  Ranging from extensions of all types to roof terrace projects, basement extensions, internal refurbishment and energy efficiency upgrades.  We also carry many listed building projects creating contemporary light filled spaces and it is sense of light and transparency that characterises our work.

Glass and Transparency.

Common to all our projects is the use of glass to bring natural light into all parts of a project and to provide a better visual and physical connection between the Interior and exterior.

“Shape Architecture have successfully met the criteria laid down in a number of ways including the creation of an interior that works around the principles of transparency, openness and light. Their attention to detail was exemplary.”

Mr. P Gillies , Transformation of Listed Apartment

Sustainable Architecture

Shape Architecture has over 25 years of experience in sustainable design through its Director, Jason Wren.  We can offer proven and practical suggestions on improving the energy efficiency of a home and the use of technologies such as Heat Pumps and PV arrays.  A feature of many of projects is the use of Green Sedum Roofs.

Listed Buildings

A great part of our portfolio in Brighton and Hove concerns works to Listed buildings.  Here we have an excellent track record in creating contemporary spaces to listed structures and this most often involves the opening up of interior spaces.  We use the Pre-App route with the local planning authority and can demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Heritage Assets as we discuss projects with the Heritage Team at Brighton and Hove Planning department.

Rugby Road

Case Study: Side Extension Brighton

The brief for our project in Rugby Road, called for a side extension and the opening up of a ‘messy’ interior with improved connection to the garden, in order to create a light, bright and contemporary kitchen/dining space. The result has exceeded expectations.

It features a full height and wide glazed window which merges into a rooflight with a frameless glass to glass connection set in a Sedum roof which helps integrate the extension into the garden setting.

Click to link to Rugby Road Project

Rugby Road
Kitchen and Dining area at Rugby Road

Case Study 02: Bespoke Furniture Design Brighton

Shape Architecture offers our clients numerous additional services ranging from interior design to garden design.  A popular service is our design of bespoke furniture and many of our projects benefit from our experience in this area.  Typically, we will design walk-in-wardrobes, kitchens and storage units of all types.

The development of the design of these items alongside the architectural design of the surrounding space ensures a harmonious integration.  The process sees us taking the client’s brief and preparing a series of design proposals in both 2D and 3D modelling.  We then work up in detail our large-scale drawings of each item of furniture to be priced.

Click to link to our Shirley Drive Project

Roof Terraces

Brighton Roof Terraces

Shape Architecture has been successful in obtaining planning permission for roof terraces throughout Brighton in London.  These vary form listed building to Mews houses.  In Brighton we have recently obtained permission for a large roof terrace in a conservation area in Norfolk Road, accessed via a three sided glass box.   Prior to that we obtained permission for a roof terrace to Cavendish House on the seafront opposite e the i360.

Click to link to Norfolk Road Project

Our Client at Norfolk Road writes: “Simply blown away by our planning permission being granted for a roof terrace. Especially since we were told by residents on our street that it was impossible to achieve this. Thank you to the stellar team for such a smooth and efficient process. We cannot wait for the next phases now.”

Brighton Listed Buildings

Hove Listed Buildings: Brunswick Terrace

Shape Architecture continues to transform the interiors of listed buildings into light and open contemporary spaces throughout Brighton and Hove.

Here at Brunswick Terrace on the seafront we have opened up two rooms to create an impressive kitchen, living and dining room.  The kitchen which was languishing in the rear is now integrated with the living space. A new bedroom with en-suite replaces it.

Click to link to Brunswick Terrace Project 

Our Client at Brunswick Terrace writes:  “We’ve been working with Shape Architecture on a rebuild/restoration of a flat in a listed building, which required a lot of work. Throughout the entire process, the work that Jason has done has been perfect, starting with a completely painless planning process, through the tender process for the contractor to completion of the different stages of the project.

Existing and Proposed Plans


Brighton Basements

Our portfolio of work contains over 30 basement projects.  Here the bringing in of natural light into the space is key in creating a quality of space and this is where we have much experience.  Our basements range from mews properties to houses and below gardens and flats.

Click to link to Third Avenue Project

Our Client at Third Avenue writes: “I have been super impressed with every aspect of the service from Shape. I had quite a complex project where I was planning to turn my flat into a Duplex.  I cannot personally recommend the team at Shape more highly and I have been so pleased with every aspect of their service – a telling sign (for me) was all the people around the project from the party wall surveyor to the building team etc, etc did not have anything but praise for Shape as well.”

An image showing a kitchen of a project in Hove

Interior Design

We also have extensive experience in Interior Design and bespoke furniture design which we bring to all our projects

We are experienced in interior lighting design and are happy to advise on all aspects of the use of colour.


Client Communication

Shape Architecture communicates clearly to our clients, and this is at the foundation for a successful project.  All designs, no matter what size are developed in 3D alongside freehand drawing.  A typical concept proposals brochure will have 4 or 5 different options described in 3D, 2D and freehand drawings and this will be the basis for discussion with the Client as we determine the preferred design.

Director and Founder

Our Director and Founder

Jason Wren  RIBA, ARB, BA Hons, Dip Arch, Msc


I completed my architectural degrees at the University of Brighton, graduating in 1992 and then returning to take my Part 3 professional qualifications.  Following this, I also took a Master of Science Degree in Computer Visualisation at the University of Dundee in 1993.

For twelve years, I worked at leading architectural practices in London rising to Associate Director Level and working on groundbreaking sustainable projects under the architect David Lloyd Jones for ten years, such as the Doxford Solar Office and benchmark sustainable school buildings throughout the country.


I established Shape Architecture in 2006, to focus on a high-quality design led approach to residential projects.  Informed by expertise in sustainable design and a wide range of methods of construction.

Outside of practice life, I enjoy painting, drawing, and walking in the South Downs, alongside supporting Brighton and Hove Albion.  Often accompanied by Sid, our Fox Terrier.

Contact Us

Shape Architecture Brighton
Maritime House, Basin Road North, Hove, Brighton, BN41 1WR

Phone: +44 (0) 1273 648342


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